Little Pro on 2016-03-21
There is no dedicated regulation focusing on endocrine disruptors in China. The Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Agriculture are taking the lead for controlling endocrine disruptors within their own jurisdictions.
According to China’s action plan for water pollution prevention issued by the state council issued in 2015, the Chinese government plans to organize a national survey on the production and uses of Environmental Endocrine Disruptors before the end of 2017. Measures will be taken to eliminate, restrict or substitute endocrine disrupters. Both industrial chemicals and pesticides are affected.
There is not official list of endocrine disruptors in China. There are no ED criteria either. It is highly likely that China will build its own list based the official lists of known endocrine disruptors in EU, USA and Japan and establish ED criteria similar to EU or USA.
In Dec 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture announced the publication of industry standard NY/T2873-2015 Evaluation Method of the Endocrine Disruption Effects of Pesticides. The standard will be implemented from 1 April 2016.
NY/T2873-2015 consists of 7 testing methods given in two tiers (in vitro and in vivo). They can be used to screen whether a pesticide is endocrine disruptive or not. The methods are similar to the methods developed by US EPA.
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